DS7 Crossback

Built in the same factory as the Peugeot 3008 and on the same EMP2 model platform, the DS7 Crossback is a front-wheel-drive SUV.

For Motability customers there there are two trim lines to choose from – Elegance and Performance Line, entry level Elegance cars have 18in alloy wheels, LED rear lights, cruise control, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors and a powered tailgate, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, height adjustable front seats, and an 8 inch touchscreen complete with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, DAB radio and smartphone integration. The sporty-looking Performance Line models get 19in alloy wheels, LED headlights, electrically folding mirrors, Alcantara upholstery, rear lateral and curtain airbags, and a 12 inch infotainment screen with a 12.3in digital instrument cluster, voice recognition and sat nav.

 As you would expect there’s plenty of space, with room for adults in the front and a decent amount in the back too thanks to a flat floor, three people can just about squeeze in the second row. The boot offers 555 litres and a generous 1,752 litres with the rear seats folded. It’s quite a bit more than the 505 litres of the BMW X1 but down on the 615 offered from the VW Tiguan.

The two petrol engines are a 1.2 litre 130bhp manual only and an automatic only 1.6 litre with 181bhp paired to an 8 speed gearbox that can return a claimed 47.9 miles per gallon and reach 62 miles per hour in 9.9 seconds. The 1.5 litre diesel (front wheel drive only) offers 130 bhp and pushes the car along well, 62 miles per hour can be reached in 11.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 121 miles per hour. Economy is 72.4 miles per gallon on a combined circuit, which in the real world will be an excellent 50 miles per gallon, this engine is avaialble as a 6 speed manual or 8 speed automatic.

 Winter Best Buy – DS7 Crossback Elegance 1.2 petrol (130bhp)  Manual   –  £1649 Advance Payment (£564 wpms)  or £2599 (£1514 wpms) in Performance Line

Winter Best Buy – DS7 Crossback Performance Line 1.5 diesel (130bhp)  Manual   –  £2849 Advance Payment (£1764 wpms)  or £3749 (£2664 wpms) as an Automatic

 Winter Best Buy – DS7 Crossback Performance Line 1.6 Petrol (179bhp)  Automatic   –  £2999 Advance Payment (£1914 wpms)